Kenneth (Ken) D. Taylor, the Canadian Ambassador to
who secretly harbored American diplomats from capture during the Iranian
Hostage Crisis, died yesterday at the age of 81.
After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, Iranians seized the United States Embassy and Consulate and took most of the staff hostage, with the acquiescence of the Islamist regime. A group of six American diplomats eluded capture and were eventually taken in by
Taylor. Some of them stayed with him and some at
another Canadian diplomatic residence.
For three months, the intrepid Canadian Ambassador and his staff kept
the presence of the Americans secret while tirelessly working with American
intelligence personnel to devise an escape.
After Taylor persuaded the Canadian
Parliament in an extraordinary secret session to issue fake passports to the
American diplomats, their escape from Iran was executed successfully in
January of 1980.
For his efforts, U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal that year.
received numerous awards and citations from Canada.
The Canadian government’s assistance to the Americans, led by
stands as a great example of the enduring friendship between Canada and the United States. May that friendship, personified by Ken
Taylor, continue to endure, and may God keep Canada
glorious and free and may God bless America!